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More than 100 companies will exhibit at PCB West this year, ranging from the leading PCB design software vendors to key value-added resellers to top international board fabricators.
The exhibitor list includes more than 15 providers of CAD and CAM software, 40 companies offering bare board fabrication, 27 offering PCB assembly, and a host of other suppliers of various materials and equipment for fabrication and assembly. The major CAD vendors including Cadence, Mentor and Zuken are among the exhibitors this year.
The show floor will be open Wednesday, September 12, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Registration for the Expo show badge includes access to the 15 free forums, the keynote address, free lunch on the exhibition floor, the exhibit hall evening reception, plus the new CAD Tool Corner presentations. All these events take place Wednesday, September 12.
PCB West 2018 will be held September 11-13 in Santa Clara, California. The event includes a three-day technical conference and one-day exhibition, to be held at the Santa Clara (California) Convention Center.
Now in its 27th year, this year’s show will feature 110 booths showcasing the leading companies in the PCB industry, including the top CAD and CAM vendors and top names in printed circuit fabrication and electronics assembly. Nearly 2,900 designers and engineers registered for the 2017 show.
Anaya Vardya, American Standard Circuits
One of the biggest challenges facing PCB designers is not understanding the cost drivers in the PCB manufacturing process. The next final finishes to discuss in this series is OSP. As with all surface finishes there are pros and cons with the decision of which to use. It is a combination of application, cost, and the properties of the finish. OSP is RoHS-compliant as there is zero lead content in the finish.
Happy Holden, I-Connect007
Gerry Partida, vice president of technology at Summit Interconnect, authored a technical paper, “Next Progression in Microvia Reliability Validation—Reflow Simulation of a PCB Design Attributes and Material Structural Properties During the PCB Design Process,” at IPC APEX EXPO 2022, and it’s worth revisiting. This significant paper on microvia reliability validation provides a summary of what’s been happening in the microvia fabrication arena, especially regarding the issue of latent defects in stacked microvias.
Scott Miller, FreedomCAD Services
There is a new acronym bubbling up in the design world: DWM, which stands for “design with manufacturing.” Why is this different than design for manufacturing, or DFM? With DWM, the emphasis is on integration between the design team and the manufacturers during the design process. DWM is much more than that. We are tasked with producing designs that meet various technical requirements, yet are cost-effective and manufacturable. We provide this service to hundreds of customers who have varying degrees of processes, tools, and manufacturing partners. Given this diversity, we have recognized the importance of designing with manufacturing to achieve the product development goals of manufacturability and technical excellence.